Out Our Way, December 23, 1922

Out Our Way, December 23, 1922

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She may be upset at him for breaking the toy, but this is actually useful information to have. If he can break it that easily, imagine how much easier it would be for a kid to break it. Return that to the store immediately and get something else, because this is not what you want to give your child for Christmas.

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The Wizard of Id, December 25, 1964

The Wizard of Id, December 25, 1964

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Apparently the Wizard still didn't believe in Santa, even after actually running into him, so he had to take a look through his trusty telescope to verify it. Turns out that the Evil Spirit was right, and he should be putting up a stocking. It's a bit confusing, though, that a wizard, who is a magical being, wouldn't believe in a different magical being who happens to give out presents. I guess I figure they all know each other, because they're all in the same business. Is there just some kind of hierarchy, like with actors, where amateur actors all know each other, but it doesn't mean they know Hollywood actors? Or does the wizard just not get out much, and stay in his tower all the time?

Or I guess the wizard could have just forgotten to put up the stocking and was reminded by seeing him. The timeline is still confusing, though. This one was published after the previous one where he ran into Santa. One would assume that would mean he's seeing Santa in the sky after h…

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The Wizard of Id, December 23, 1966

The Wizard of Id, December 23, 1966

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Here we have Sir Rodney the Chickenhearted, receiving a gift from the king befitting of his name as well as his nature. Despite his cowardice, Sir Rodney is the head of the royal army and navy. I'd imagine this means that Id is a very safe kingdom, given their lack of need of any kind of competent military to protect them. The king doesn't seem to mind that Sir Rodney is this way, and in fact seems to be encouraging it. Maybe he's just hoping that Sir Rodney will be killed in battle so he can appoint someone else to the head of his military.

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The Wizard of Id, December 20, 1964

The Wizard of Id, December 20, 1964

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The being in the vat is the Evil Spirit, who isn’t actually evil, and who would certainly not be getting a visit from Santa if it was. The wizard either believes that the Spirit is too evil to get presents, or that Santa doesn’t exist. He’s clearly wrong on both counts, but I guess now it gets double presents. It’s going to need a bigger stocking.

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Polly And Her Pals, December 29, 1935

Polly And Her Pals, December 29, 1935

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Here's a strip that I was going to use last year, but didn't end up using. As with most Cliff Sterrett strips, I like looking at the artwork more than reading the joke. It's so fun, interesting, and dynamic, in the main strip and in the topper. Sterrett also teaches us that if you can't draw a cat realistically, just draw it as unrealistically as possible in as many ridiculous positions as you can. It'll work (at least it does here).

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